Why are you REALLY going into nursing? Honest answers please. - page 19

Ok, I'm a bit frustrated with all of these posts telling us that we shouldn't go into nursing because we need a job and steady income. Sure, I do like to help people, but I need a steady job even... Read More

  1. by   totallytheresa
    you're right about labeling and also stereotyping, but i have to tell you, a great number of people on assistance of some type are not grateful for the help they get, they believe they are entitled to it and get very angry when things don't happen like they think they should, and get defensive in their thinking that they are being made to wait, after someone else. maybe that's their defense mechanisms, who knows. i have had to get public assistance before, and medicaid, and the things i have seen!!! many people i have witnessed in the offices as well as where they get their care, etc.. get mad and demanding. all the while it's like some big social convention, visiting with their buddies, wearing lots of jewelry, dressed to the nines, etc... there is great abuse of the system out there. so sometimes it's a little hard to remain pleasant when hard working people have to see that going on!




    Quote from wannablpn2005
    "and in another defense, all the patients that i've seen on *low income* insurance think they are getting blown off in the er's because they have to "wait". well, maybe we should put them behind the scenes to show them .....everyone has priorities, and it's not a place to earn frequent flyer miles!!!! :angryfire"


    [font=lucida sans unicode]do you really feel it's fair to "label" all low income people like that? i am one of those people you are labeling, as i am struggling financially to get though nursing school after being layed off from the telecom industry. i use medicaid for my children as i am unemployed right now. i understand that waiting is a part of life and have never thought that was why i was being blown off. it's the one's that label people as such that make me feel that way. but i respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. and i'm sure some patients that may be low income may seem that way, unappreciative to what is going on behind the scenes, while they are out in er room waiting.you just might not wanna label people is all i'm saying. i might get flamed for this but just wanted to share that not everyone on assistance is like that.
  2. by   GMD
    I am going because I am in need of a steady job, with a decent income and health insurance. I"ve earned a BS in psychology and have worked in social services and have lost my jobs in the past due to State Budget Cuts and Layoffs. My husband works for a small busniss and gets no Health Insurance at his job. I've dealt with the public before and worked in a psychiatric hospital doing things that I'm sure legally only a nurse or CNA should of done, but due to a shortage of nurses, myself and others had to. The RN at the end of my name will hopefully add some job security. As for the job itself, I don't believe there is anything I (or anyone else) can't do if they put their mind to it.
  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...light=medicaid

    There is a thread on medicaid abuse going elsewhere. Let's try and keep this one on track. Thank you
  4. by   2ner
    I love the idea that I can actually make a difference is someone's life. In clinical we're only given one patient at a time, but I help classmates with their patients. I fall in love with each and every patient i encounter (even the mean ones). I find myself putting them in their shoes (i'm a very empathetic person....which will probably be my downfall one day, but i hope it NEVER changes).

    I love being able to spend time with my patient, rubbing their foreheads while they try to relax and recover, not to mention their emotional needs. I love being able to listen, which so few of my patients have anyone to bounce their feelings off of. Even if you only make one person comfortable and feel loved, it's a great day.

    It's the neatest feeling to have a break through with one of my patients that was in end stage COPD with not alot of options in front of her, I stay with her, rubbing her forehead. It was too funny b/c she asked me, "Do you do that with all your patients?" And she requested i kept doing it, with a tear in her eye. I really feel that that woman truley felt love that day and to me that was the greatest feeling for me.

    Patients writing poems to you, greet you with a smile and hug, tear up when you leaave. These are all great, it really offsets the negatives.

    Not to mention nursing is a steady, respectable career to go into, but you truly have to take the good with the bad and focus more on that good feeling you get when you help someone. It's also a secure job in which you can make a decent living. I'm not going into this to become rich because that will never happen, but life is not all about money (in my opinion at least).
  5. by   RN2BinPA
    i am sorry, i guess i should not have used the *low income* direction. but, in my days in the ed.....the frequent flyers there, where the ones with the "state issued/lower priced" insurance who would come in for the runny noses, sore throats, achy pains, and not seem to appreciate the fact that they are fortunate enough to have the insurance. instead, many of them seemed to use it to help get drugs for thier *booboo* to help with their drug addictions. i certainly did not mean that to be directed, i apologize for that. and i was not labeling all low income people just to clarify, i was talking about the one's who abuse the right to this insurance. but you always here (and yes i still today in the practice hear it) "i had to wait so long because of my insurance". "or she didnt give me the treatment i was supposed to get because of my insurance". it does not matter if you come on top paying rates of insurance, your problem would have been treated the same, on that given day. no, i am not blowing you off because of your insurance, half the time i pay no mind to the type of insurance you have, but when you are making your frequent flyer trips here, of course your going to have to wait when there are much higher priority cases than your runny coughy stuffy head, needing so you can rest medicine, that you were just seen for two days ago. i am sorry that i am not able to *type* out the point i was trying to make clearly. but i was trying to state that nurses do not blow off patients because of thier type of insurance, they are busy running around taking care of everyone, and if your waiting, it's for a very good reason. we can't help if the lab is slow with the blood work return...etc. but, we all *or most of us* have heard this complaint at one time or another, and i was just trying to state that it was not because of your insurance that they waiting, it's because of other reasons. i hope that help clear it up some!!!! :uhoh21:

    Quote from wannablpn2005
    "and in another defense, all the patients that i've seen on *low income* insurance think they are getting blown off in the er's because they have to "wait". well, maybe we should put them behind the scenes to show them .....everyone has priorities, and it's not a place to earn frequent flyer miles!!!! :angryfire"


    [font=lucida sans unicode]do you really feel it's fair to "label" all low income people like that? i am one of those people you are labeling, as i am struggling financially to get though nursing school after being layed off from the telecom industry. i use medicaid for my children as i am unemployed right now. i understand that waiting is a part of life and have never thought that was why i was being blown off. it's the one's that label people as such that make me feel that way. but i respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. and i'm sure some patients that may be low income may seem that way, unappreciative to what is going on behind the scenes, while they are out in er room waiting.you just might not wanna label people is all i'm saying. i might get flamed for this but just wanted to share that not everyone on assistance is like that.
  6. by   nsgstudentjen
    of course the desire to serve and help others, but also a career that allows me flexiblilty - no matter what state I live in I know I will have a job. If I have children in the future, I can choose a job that is flexible or part time if needed. There are just so many good reasons to be a nurse - of course $$ and job security are some and are important. I always felt the pull towards it, but it too me one degree and many jobs to figure it out
    Jen
  7. by   Sheleigh7
    Quote from Mithrah
    Nursing was an easy degree for me because I love science.

    I want to make above average money so I don't have to stress over finances.

    I want to be proud of what I do, meaning I am not scared to tell people my profession (I hated telling people I was a bill collector).

    I don't want to work 5 days a week.

    I am not much of a people person, but nearly every job I can think of deals with people.

    Nursing jobs are found in every city in the USA. I can up and move whenever I want and know there will be a job for me.

    If I have kids I'll be astute with my assessment skills and know when to take them to a doctor.

    My boyfriend loves to have his own personal nurse!
    Okay, I understand that there are people out there who want job security, like science, the flexibility of the job etc. But those who keep saying that they are not really a "people person" might consider another profession. Yes, most jobs deal with people, however, nursing deals with people who can be scared, confused, depressed, pissed, angry and a plethora of other emotions. You really need good people skills in order to be a good nurse. period. there are enough nurse ratchets out there. I'm not trying to put anybody down, honest, but as a caregiver and future nurse, caring for people makes a huge difference.
  8. by   Wheaties
    this is a good topic.

    to tell u the truth, i have no medical experience, no hospital experience, i just read and heard that nursing gives u good money, job security, choices in which field u want to work, and the fact u can work anywhere. i'm not a people's person, i dont have great therapeutic communication skills. i guess u can say i am taking nursing for the wrong reasons if u want to. my close relatives are nurses, so i guess i went in for that reason most importantly coz they pressured me.

    but i really want to learn, i'm not very smart, i get C's and B's as grades, thats what i got during the first year of nursing school. but i want to help my patients even though i dont have great therapeutic communication skills and not ver sociable (coz i'm the shy nurse ). all i want is to get the job done and deliver safe nursing care for the patient, as well as advocate for him or her. nursing is not a calling for me, but i want to be able to do what i said above.
    Last edit by Wheaties on Jul 1, '04
  9. by   Saved_by_Grace
    [font=lucida sans unicode]i have to say i admire your honesty. everyone has their own reasons. imho there is not a particularly right reason to want to go into nursing. i just hope and pray i have what it takes to make it through nursing school.:uhoh21:
  10. by   alexillytom
    I went to an open house and one of the speakers told us that going into nursing
    for the money was wrong. You should have seen the looks on the faces as soon as those words came out of her mouth. How could she say this to a roomful of grown men and
    women who have families, mortgages, and other responsiblities? While I believe you
    have to be a caring and compassionate person in order to do and like this job, I sure
    as heck wouldn't do it for free. If it didn't pay well enough to meet and exceed the needs of my family, then I would have to look for another source of employment.

    As soon as those words came out of her mouth, I thought about this thread. I spend
    way too much time at allnurses.
  11. by   PACU R/N
    Hey Lizz good question...By age 15yrs I felt nursing was for me. I did have a religious upbringing, maybe that had something to do with it. Wanting to help humanity. You don't have to have to be pretty. We're always in demand, a machine won't replace us. A guaranteed job for life. I've been in nursing for 28yrs. Enjoy the interaction with people.
    This is our community service...OK we get paid, we have to live. Yes we can close the door behind us and leave work there.
    Wondered what I would do when I retire. Worked as a volunteer for Red Cross for 2yrs giving Cosmetic Care to Nursing Home residents,whilst working part-time nursing. And loved doing it. I would most likely go back and do this in the future.
  12. by   Paleobug
    I have several reasons for going into nursing. Recently, I volunteered at a nursing home, and enjoyed helping the residents. I do enjoy helping people instead of making some "Capitalist Pig" big corporation rich. I don't have to worry about being eliminated after the age of 40. I don't have to look like a fashion model (which is prevelent in working in a casino). I don't have to worry that my job will be replaced by a machine or sent overseas. I can work anywhere in the country. I don't have to worry about paying the bills like I would if I made $9.00 hr. If I get tired of working in one environment of nursing, there are plenty of other avenues in nursing to pursue.
    Last edit by Paleobug on Jul 2, '04
  13. by   CaterpillarGirl
    The real reason I'm going into nursing is because I want to work in the medical profession. Honestly, I would have preferred ot go to medical school, as was my plan all through highschool. However, an unexpected pregnancy, and even more unexpectedly becoming a single mom made me rethink ten years of school, and 24 hour residency shifts.

    It seemed like the logical transition would be to nursing, where I can eventually become a nurse practioner if I so choose. some of my other reasons are:

    job stability with benefits and a nice income

    someone mentioned being able to assess their kids, and I have to admit this is another reaon for me.

    I really enjoy helping people. I've always been a bleeding heart

    and I think scrubs look cute

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